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Social Video Streaming App TiZR Picks Up Backing From Spinnin’ Records

2 - Friends menu With Twitter-owned Periscope, Facebook’s latest video efforts, and, of course, Meerkat, is there any space left for a new social video streaming app? Read More

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DFJ Raises $350 Million For Its 12th Early-Stage Fund

VentureTeamDFJ_hr (1) DFJ, the 31-year-old, Sand Hill Road venture firm, is announcing a new, $350 million fund this morning — the firm’s 12th early-stage vehicle. We chatted with managing director Josh Stein yesterday about the effort, which he says took about two months from start to finish. The biggest takeaway: Expect more of the same from the firm, which typically plugs between $10 million and… Read More

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Lully Launches The Sleep Guardian Plus To Reduce Night Terrors

lully1 When we last covered Lully, the YC-Backed startup had just announced the close of a $2.1 million seed round for operations surrounding their flagship product called The Sleep Guardian. That product launched in June of 2015. Today they are launching an updated version—The Sleep Guardian Plus. Read More

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Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store

adblock-general Google appears to have reversed its earlier decision to ban ad blockers from the Google Play store – a move which had seen the company pulling apps like Adblock Fast and stalling the updates for others, like Crystal’s ad blocker. Now, following an appeal from Rocketship, the developers behind Adblock Fast, Google has re-approved and republished its app to Google Play. The… Read More

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UK IP Bill Slammed For Privacy, Clarity And Targeting Failures

houses of parliament One of the UK parliamentary committees that is scrutinizing proposed new surveillance legislation has published its report on the draft Investigatory Powers bill — and it makes for uncomfortable reading for the government. Read More

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At-Home Full Genome-Sequencing Is Now Just A Spit Tube Away

DNA DNA sequencing startup Sure Genomics wants to help you learn about your entire genome at the click of a button. Today, the startup opened up an at-home service to the public, enabling consumers to get their full DNA sequence with a single saliva test. Some of the bigger companies in the personal genome space like Knome and Illumina’s Every Genome offer an all-encompassing service for tens… Read More

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Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech

twitter rainbow Twitter’s latest step in the tricky balancing act of championing free speech without also handing a free pass to orchestrated harassment via its platform is the announcement today that it’s formed a “Trust & Safety Council” comprised of multiple external organizations with various interests in the two issues. The company said today that the Twitter Trust &… Read More

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Timing Is Everything: Twitter Unveils First View Ads, Videos At The Top Of Your Timeline

twitter headquarters Twitter has been in the spotlight for the past several days over allegedly imminent (longstanding) plans to change the order of Tweets in your timeline. But while its CEO has confirmed there are no such plans for this week, Twitter is adding a new product in its advertising business that does underscore the fact that on Twitter, timing does count for a lot. Today Twitter is unveiling… Read More

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Lulu, The App That Lets Women Rate Men, Acquired By Badoo

AlexandraChong Portrait Lulu, the once controversial mobile app that lets women anonymously review and rate men (something the startup calls ‘dating intelligence’), has been acquired by London-based dating platform Badoo. Read More

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AWS Announces New Set Of Integrated Services Aimed At Game Developers

Game developer working on game with tablet, phone and PC. AWS made several announcements today aimed squarely at moving the game developer community to its cloud platform. First of all, there’s Amazon Lumberyard, a 3D gaming development engine the company is offering for free with no costs for seat licenses, subscription costs or revenue sharing. For now, it works with console and PC games, but the plan is to offer virtual reality (VR)… Read More

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